Friday Pick: The Pinstripes

The ska's the limit with this Cincinnati joy band

Winners of the 2007 Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best World Band, The Pinstripes don’t merely play Ska and Reggae — they inhabit the sound like it’s a ramshackle house that’s keeping them alive.

Tight but never slick, fun but never goofy, intense but never serious, The Pinstripes (a hard-touring band with a hard-won following) combine Ska, Reggae, Dub and Soul to create something that's genuinely lacking in a great deal of contemporary music: joy. The band’s latest album, Midwest Soundclash, just dropped this month.

Read a CityBeat interview with The Pinstripes from last December, "Ska's the Limit," here.

THE PINSTRIPES play the MidPoint Music Festival at 11 p.m. Friday at the Lodge Bar. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get MPMF details here.

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